U.S., Guatemala to meet in pre-Gold Cup friendly

Alejandro Bedoya (white jersey) scored for the USA in its last meeting against Guatemala nearly two years ago. (Photo: FIFA via Getty Images)

CHICAGO -- The United States will host Guatemala in an international friendly on July 3, four days prior to the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, U.S. Soccer announced Monday.

The match will take place at LP Field in Nashville, where 29,059 fans -- the largest crowd for a soccer match in the state of Tennessee -- saw the Americans fall 1-0 to Paraguay in another friendly on March 29, 2011.

'We are thrilled to have the opportunity to play a team like Guatemala before the Gold Cup," said U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.  "They are similar to our opponents in the group stage, so we couldn't ask for better preparation.  Our goal is to win the tournament, and this will be an important first step.”

In their last meeting on July 5, 2013, Landon Donovan scored two goals as the U.S. improved to 14W-6D-4L against Guatemala with a 6-0 victory in San Diego, California.